Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping to play a part in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa on Saturday evening to make up for previous Wembley heartbreak.
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The England international is in line to make the squad at the weekend after returning to action after a hamstring injury during the Gunners’ 4-1 victory over West Brom last Sunday.
He picked up the injury during the quarter-final victory against Manchester United in March which had placed his participation in the final in doubt.
But after playing for the last quarter of an hour at the Emirates he looks likely to finally make an appearance in a cup final at the national stadium after suffering two seperate heartbreaks.
In 2010 he was forced to sit out Southampton’s Football League Trophy trophy victory and last year he watched from the sidelines as Arsenal ended their nine-year trophy drought with an extra-time victory over Hull City in the FA Cup.
Chamberlain admits it was difficult to come to terms with missing those games and is hoping that it will be third time lucky on Saturday:
“It was a really difficult one.” He told Mirror Online.
“It’s not a nice feeling. Especially when you feel that you have been influential.”
“I hope that I’ll be fit and I’ll be available but it will be up to the manager to decide if he think I’m fit and I’m ready.” Chamberlain added.